This week, I’m supporting StepChange Debt Charity as they run their second annual Debt Awareness Week campaign, from 26th January to 1st February. Debt is a subject close to my heart as you’ll probably know from all the posts I’ve written about getting out of debt over the last two years!
It’s quite scary how quickly debt can turn from being a mere financial annoyance to a serious money eating monster. It just takes a few slip ups with payments, higher than expected bills or some kind of emergency to catapult your debt right into the unmanageable zone. Debt can affect your personal life, your work life and your emotions, sometimes all at the same time.
Even though I already knew that there are many people “out there” in debt and struggling, I was quite shocked to learn from StepChange that there are actually 1.4m people in the UK who urgently need free debt advice. In case you haven’t heard of StepChange, they are a debt charity here in the UK and they offer free debt help (and fee free debt management help too). I often mention StepChange in my blog posts on this site for that reason!
Here’s what some people have said about StepChange:
One week. Make it count.
StepChange’s Debt Awareness Week campaign is about helping people to take control of their finances. They’ve put together a new (free of course) email programme to support their campaign called 7 Days, 7 Ways. The programme contains bite-size practical advice and support based on taking small steps each day to help people face up to their debt so they can tackle it head on.
The 7 Days, 7 Ways email programme helps people struggling with debt to understand where their money is going, as well as helping them to work out what debts they owe and which ones are a priority. It also helps people create a long term action plan for managing their debt.
Although the 7 Days, 7 Ways programme has been put together for Debt Awareness Week, it will still be available afterwards, so don’t worry – this valuable resource won’t vanish after 1st Feb! But if your debts are becoming a problem, please don’t delay. You can sign up for the email programme right now.
Get involved! Help spread the word about Debt Awareness Week and hopefully more people will be able to deal with their debt worries. You can connect with StepChange via Twitter and Facebook – please use the hashtag #DebtAwarenessWeek.